Research from the UK Highlights Benefits of Accommodations and Inclusive Culture New research from across the pond cites workplace accommodations – also called adjustments – and organizational values as the biggest facilitators to retention of people with disabilities in the workplace. The research, carried out by the Business Disability Forum, compared employer and employee perspectives to gain an in-depth understanding of the greatest barriers and strongest supports for employee retention. Findings demonstrate the importance of providing training for management and human resources professionals in working with employees with disabilities.
Integrated Employment Advisory Committee Starts its Second and Final Year The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities will hold its seventh meeting on Jan. 27-28, 2016, both days from 1:00-5:00 p.m. ET. The meeting will be held via webinar and open to the public, with a public comment period on the first day from 3:30-4:30 p.m. To participate, members of the public must register by January 15, 2016. A key provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, the committee includes two employer representatives and is charged with issuing a final report due by September of this year.
Dispatches from the Blogosphere Two recent blog posts highlight the diverse facets of increasing the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and community. The first post, published by the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology, addresses the challenges that people with disabilities experience when job searching online. In it, guest author Denis Boudreau shares solutions to rectify and prevent accessibility barriers common in eRecruiting technology. The second post, published on Disability.gov, shares the story of Tiffany Yu, a social entrepreneur and Director of Business Development at a music television channel, who founded a movement called Diversability.
Focusing on Ability in South Dakota In South Dakota, the state government has launched an initiative through which it partners with the private sector to boost the inclusion of people with disabilities in workplaces across the Mount Rushmore state. Called “Ability for Hire,” the initiative has garnered support from several statewide business organizations, including the South Dakota Retailers Association, and reinforces Governor Dennis Daugaard’s long-standing commitment to challenging misconceptions of workers with disabilities and promoting inclusive hiring practices.
Best Practices: Addressing Workplace Harassment – Employer’s Responsibilities
January 12, 2016
This Job Accommodation Network (JAN) webinar will address types of workplace harassment, which can constitute discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws, and steps employers can take to prevent and rectify it. Speakers include Anne Hirsh, JAN Co-Director; Dr. Jeffrey Daniels, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University; and Dexter Brooks, Associate Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Office of Federal Operations.
The comment period for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on increasing the representation of under-represented groups in apprenticeship programs has been extended until Jan. 20, 2016. Apprenticeships allow young people to learn a trade and establish a clear career path. But, they also benefit employers, who can use them to attract future talent. The proposed rule aims to ensure this talent pool is inclusive of all qualified candidates, including people with disabilities.
Medical advancements have led to higher-than-ever cancer survival rates, with many people staying at work during or returning to work following treatment. To help employers maintain a productive, supportive environment, the Center for Knowledge Translation for Employment Research developed a free, one-hour online training that is open to all and can be viewed at any time. Eligible participants may also sign up to participate in an associated study for which they may receive continuing education credit, but to do so, they must sign up by March 31, 2016.
Courtyard by Marriott, in conjunction with The Arc of Indiana, recently opened the doors of a brand new, fully operating teaching hotel designed to provide both job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The training institute within the hotel will provide sessions lasting nine or 13 weeks for people with disabilities from across Indiana who want to learn vocational skills in hospitality, food service and healthcare.
In order to reach their maximum productivity potential in the workplace, employees with disabilities – like all employees – may need certain workplace accommodations. Thus, it’s important for employers to understand their responsibilities to provide accommodations, as well as the benefits they gain from implementing them effectively, such as increased employee productivity, morale and retention.
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center. For more information, visit AskEARN.org
Preparation of this material was funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Grant No. [OD-26451-14-75-4-36]. This document does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.